Archive - 2011

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Pool spotting from the French alps to the coast
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The piscina at Villa Rossi Mattei in Arezzo
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Bronte baths featured in photographic exhibition
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Blue skies and cumulus clouds over Leichhardt Pool
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The healing waters of Moree’s artesian baths
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The last days of Petersham Pool
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Swim into history at Australia’s heritage pools
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Austinmer’s double ocean baths
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Manuka Pool celebrates 80 summers
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An Australia Day dip at Petersham Pool

Pool spotting from the French alps to the coast

Being slightly obsessed with pools, I did a lot of piscine (France) and piscina (Italy and Spain) spotting on our recent overseas trip. In the French Alps and the Alpes de Haute Provence we came across a number of municipal pools in picturesque locations. Unfortunately our timing in mid-May meant that most weren’t open. In[…]

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The piscina at Villa Rossi Mattei in Arezzo

One week of our recent six-week sojourn in France, Italy and Spain was spent at the Villa Rossi Mattei in Arezzo,Tuscany. With the weather sunny and hot each day, it was great to be able to cool off in the villa’s pool or piscina as the Italians would say. Not everyone braved the water as[…]

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Bronte baths featured in photographic exhibition

Tomorrow (2 July) is the last chance to catch an exhibition of photos taken at Sydney’s Bronte Pool on show at the Iain Dawson Gallery in Paddington. As the blurb says: “Wayne Fogden’s painting-like photographs capture the quieter moments, in which lone swimmers do their laps or rest on the edge of the pool, pondering[…]

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Blue skies and cumulus clouds over Leichhardt Pool

It was nice to see the sun return today after quite a few days of heavy rain.  Wet weather doesn’t stop me heading to the pool as I love swimming in the rain. I particularly like the outdoor Leichhardt Park Aquatic Centre (LPAC) when it’s raining as it’s usually a nice temperature in the water. The[…]

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The healing waters of Moree’s artesian baths

There’s lots of sitting, sunbaking and hanging around at Moree’s hot artesian baths in north-western NSW. The 38 and 40 degree pools are full of bodies; mainly ageing bodies seeking healing in the mineral rich artesian water. Mature women mingle in their colourful cossies covering ample bosoms and broadening middles. Gold chains with crosses and[…]

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The last days of Petersham Pool

All the regulars were at Petersham Pool this morning. Many of them were having their last swim before it closes on Sunday. They were also enjoying the pool in its original state, possibly for the last time. While plans are not yet approved, it is envisaged that over winter Marrickville Council will redevelop the nearly 50-year-old[…]

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Swim into history at Australia’s heritage pools

A story I wrote on some of Australia’s heritage pools entitled ‘Treasured pearls of the past’ is in the travel section of The Weekend Australian, 26-27 March, 2011. The featured pools are Manuka Pool, Canberra, Spring Hill Baths, Brisbane, Tobruk Memorial Baths, Townsville, Wylie’s Baths, Coogee, Newcastle Ocean Baths, Dawn Fraser Baths, Balmain, North Sydney[…]

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Austinmer’s double ocean baths

The Illawarra area, south of Sydney is blessed with many beautiful ocean baths. Between Coalcliff in the north to Shellharbour in the south there are around 24 pools built into rock faces by the sea.     One of these beauties is the double ocean pool at Austinmer. With my good friend Marg and her son[…]

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Manuka Pool celebrates 80 summers

Last Friday night, Manuka Pool, Canberra’s first public swimming pool, celebrated its 80th birthday. Friends of the heritage-listed pool were entertained by a ukulele band, acrobats and swing dancing as they picnicked in the garden. Others spent the night in the pool, enjoying a dip at dusk. As old photos were projected onto the wall[…]

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An Australia Day dip at Petersham Pool

  A morning dip at our local pool was a nice way to start Australia Day. In the water I met the very tanned Joe, appropriately attired for a swim on 26 January. It’s a pretty relaxed place – Petersham Park Pool or I should say the Fanny Durack Aquatic Centre as it is officially called. It was[…]

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